January 2023
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Message from the Alumnae and Alumni Engagement Team

Greetings Alumnae and Alumni,

Happy New Year! A new year brings the promises of hope and opportunity. While the campus may be quiet as we wait for students to return, Noyes House is bubbling with excitement at possibilities for the coming year. We are taking this time to focus on planning new volunteer engagement opportunities, recruiting reunion committee members from classes ending in a 3 or an 8, and crafting exciting social, professional, and student-focused events for the upcoming semester. Keep up with everything our office is doing by following us on social media.

One of our main goals this year is finding new and exciting ways to connect with you and providing alumni with access to one another. The more updates, stories, and ideas you share with us, the more we can do together! We want to share more stories about what our remarkable alumni are doing in their lives, personally and professionally. We are creating new volunteer opportunities for both local alumni and those located across the country to engage with their alma mater. If you would like to get involved, please reach out to us at ndmalum@ndm.edu.

Our Student Alumni Leadership Council (SALC) is constantly growing and developing fun events to bring current students and alumni together to educate our students on what it means to be an alum and what incredible resources our alumni community has to offer. These students have already learned so much from you all, and they can't wait to meet more of you this spring! 

Notre Dame of Maryland University has many elements to be proud of, but our shining star is you! You bring us more pride and joy than any other accomplishment. Thank you for being part of our alumni family. Blessings to you and your family for the new year!

Alex & Rose
Your Alumni Engagement Team

Interview with Rachel Dodge '97

Rachel Barnes Dodge '97 is a former student-athlete who currently works as a pediatrician at Dundalk Pediatrics Associates. Rachel graduated from Notre Dame with a bachelor's degree in Biology. She went on to receive her medical degree from the University of Maryland School of Medicine in 2002, and she completed her pediatric residency program in Cleveland, Ohio in 2005. She then completed the General Pediatric Academic Development Fellowship at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and earned a Master of Public Health degree from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2008.

Before becoming a pediatrician and partner at Dundalk Pediatrics Associates, Rachel worked in Baltimore City in Public Health for eight years with the Making All The Children Healthy (MATCH) Program.

What is your favorite memory of Notre Dame from when you were a student?

There are so many great memories. I met my best friends at Notre Dame and we're still best friends. Some of the really fun things were just from dorm living - living with your friends in that small environment, getting to be so close and bonded with your friends and just silly goofy things that we did. We were there when one of the big snowstorms hit, and I remember getting trays from the cafeteria and sliding down the hill back towards the library, which I think is something that's a memory to a lot of people. 

What was it like being a student athlete at Notre Dame?

I loved playing sports. I loved being part of the team and having that camaraderie and support from the student body. You know what was really impressive to me? That you were a student first and an athlete second. There was never an issue if lab was going to run over into practice. School was always the priority, and I think that was really the key to being a successful student athlete.

I was very involved in many things on campus when I was a student, which I’m sure made my experience great. I was a senator in the Student Senate and I was Student Senate President my senior year. All of those experiences and opportunities really taught me a lot and were great experiences. The fact that I was able to do that as well as play two sports was something that not everyone could always balance. But it was definitely doable for me and made time management easier for me. 

What has your experience been with Notre Dame since graduating?Rachel Dodge

I left Baltimore for a little while, and then I came back, so I've tried to go to things when I can. I've been to several of the Athletic Hall of Fame ceremonies, and I’ve attended some athletic events. This past year when Melissa Fallon, who was my field hockey and lacrosse coach, retired, I came to the event and brought my daughter when they did a presentation for her. I've been back for several reunions at Alumnae and Alumni Weekend, and I always wish more of us could come back to attend.

I know at one point I came back and talked to the biology students and that was really nice. I love talking with the students and doing things with them. Most recently I had a student rotating with me in my clinic and doing some shadowing because she's interested in going to medical school.

Why is it important to you to give back financially to your alma mater? 

I wish I would have been more consistent in my giving than I probably was. I think that nowadays it's easier than taking the time to write and mail in a check. Notre Dame was very important to me in shaping my career and helping me become who I am today. Knowing that and wanting that to survive on is important, and financial support is important to continue that legacy. 

I know I've often given back specifically to athletics just because being a student athlete was such a significant part of my experience there. Also, I think that historically being an all women's college, funds and support for athletics is often lacking. So I just felt like that was an important place for me to give back to.

What personal or professional achievements are you most proud of since graduating?

From a personal achievement standpoint, I’m the mother of three wonderful children who are all doing great things. I've also coached field hockey, soccer, and lacrosse for the past 25 years since graduating college. So I've been coaching and actually helped start a lacrosse program in the area. It's been really fun, because there are people that I coached when they were kids who are now having kids because they're in their thirties. They're bringing their kids to see me as their pediatrician and I sometimes get called Doctor Coach Rachel, which is kind of funny. 

Professionally, I’m an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. I also serve as the chair of the Child Maltreatment/Foster Care Committee as part of the Maryland Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (MDAAP). It has been an accomplishment to help advocate for policies and consultations at the state level, and I feel like I’m respected in that field. I'm also the Vice President and President-elect for the Maryland Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Being a partner of the practice that I’m at right now has also been a nice achievement to have.

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Giving Tuesday Success

Thank you for going beyond and showing your support on Giving Tuesday 2022 – Tuesday, November 29! We are grateful for the overwhelmingly positive response we received from so many donors, who helped us set a new #GivingTuesday record at NDMU with $42,452 raised. Our sincere gratitude to Betty ’89 and Fran Contino for their support and generosity in pledging a generous $25,000 matching gift that inspired our NDMU community to give.

Gifts empower Notre Dame to foster a dynamic experience that allows students to flourish, in and out of the classroom (and beyond!) #GivingTuesday may be over, but your opportunity to give to the Notre Dame Fund is still present. Please consider making a gift by the end of this fiscal year (June 30).

Campus News and Updates

Program Accreditation Updates

The Master of Arts in Art Therapy program was awarded initial accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). The CAAHEP accreditation process is designed to ensure that art therapy programs meet the rigorous standards required to position students for success after graduation.

The School of Education received full seven-year accreditation from the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), recognizing its continuing excellence in preparing educators to reach their highest potential in the profession. CAEP is a unified accreditation system intent on raising the performance of all institutions focused on educator preparation.

The baccalaureate and master’s degree in nursing programs recently received full accreditation through 2032 by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Full program accreditation indicates the School of Nursing meets the standards for nursing education through a peer-review process to enhance quality improvement.

Notre Dame Inspired This Alumnus Author

Jerry Woah-tee '01 earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Computer Information Systems with a minor in Business Administration. After graduating from NDMU, he earned a Master’s degree in Computer Information Technology from Strayer University. Jerry is the author of five books, most-recently publishing “Out of body experiences: exposing the sources of two spiritual power controlling the universe” on December 30, 2022.

His latest book is a work of fiction and nonfiction,
Out of body experiences: the sources of two spiritual powers controlling the universe depicting the author’s experience of life after death prior and during a civil war. The author reveals that before the destruction of men and women’s physical bodies, the spirits had left into another place beyond the comprehension of man. He exposes the sources of two spiritual powers controlling the Universe.

Jerry was motivated to become a writer while at NDMU. Having come from Liberia, a country located in West Africa, he had to take special English classes to help him better understand, speak, and write English. One of his English professors challenged the class to write an article to the Baltimore Sun and see whose article would be published in the paper. He later discovered that his article was published after seeing his name and article on a campus bulletin board. This was an encouraging moment for Jerry.

Jerry is currently the President and founder of Faith Outreach Care Services Inc., and he is an Associate Minister of The Central Baptist Church of Baltimore City. You can find Jerry’s books on his 
website, Amazon, and other book carriers across the United States.

Winter and Fall Athletics Summary

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Basketball- The women's basketball team made a statement in their Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC) opener, defeating Rosemont College by a score of 100-50 on Tuesday, Nov. 22. Most recently, they remained undefeated in CSAC play with a 71-22 victory over University of Valley Forge on Saturday, Jan. 7. The Gators are 10-3 through their first 13 games this winter, including a 6-0 mark against CSAC opponents. 

Volleyball- Another fantastic season for the volleyball program came to an end in the CSAC Championship match, as top-seeded Cedar Crest outlasted NDMU in three sets. The Gators went 15-2 over their final 17 matches while advancing to the CSAC final for a fourth-consecutive season.


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Save the Dates

NDMU Giving Day

February 21 | All Day
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NDMU Giving Day is Tuesday, February 21! Stay tuned to see how you can support your alma mater. Every gift matters, please visit the website for updates.

Eichner Women Writer Series: Tracy K. Smith

February 23 | 7 PM | Doyle Formal

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and US Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith is invited as Eichner writer for this spring. Smith will be the 2022-2023 writer in the Eichner Women Writers series, hosted by the S. Maura Eichner Endowed Chair of English. This event is free and open to the public.

Baltimore Happy Hour

March 16 | 5:30 PM | Union Craft Brewing
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Join us at Union Craft Brewing for a special St. Patrick's Day event! This will be a time to relax after work, drink your favorite beer, and grab some food from Carroll & Son Fine Foods, all while hanging out with other NDMU alums. All alumni and their guests are welcome, but know that children must be remained seated at your table. The Alumni Engagement Office will be providing one free drink per guest over the age of 21 years.

SALC & SAAC Event with Alumni

March 25 | TBD | On Campus

Join us for a joint event hosted by the Student Alumni Leadership Council and Student-Athlete Advisory Committee during one of our home games. More information will be coming soon!

Alumni Remembrance Mass

March 26 | 6:00 PM | Marikle Chapel
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This Mass, similar to the Alumni Mass at Alumnae and Alumni Weekend, will be a place to remember our alums who have recently passed. A rose remembrance ceremony will symbolize the lives of these alumni during the Mass. All alumni and families of the deceased are welcome to attend.

Busta Business Forum

April 13 | 6 PM | LeClerc Theatre

The Charles J. Busta III Business Forum is designed to showcase the thoughts and experiences of business leaders, especially women, to encourage creativity and personal growth. The series was created in memory of Charles J. “CB” Busta, a Notre Dame trustee and marketing executive who died in 1999. More information about this year's speaker will be coming soon. This event is open to all alumni, students, faculty, and staff.

NDMU Day of Service

April 22
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The annual NDMU Day of Service unites the Notre Dame of Maryland University community in service to humankind, showing our NDMU pride and the collective power of volunteerism. This event is open to all members of the Notre Dame community who wish to make their local communities an even better place. More information about available projects will be coming soon.

DC Happy Hour

May 4 | 5:30 PM | Metrobar
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Join us at Metrobar to relax after work, drink your favorite beer, and grab food from a local food truck, all while hanging out with other NDMU alums. All alumni and their guests are welcome. Metrobar will be hosting trivia starting at 7pm for any alumni interested in participating. The Alumni Engagement Office will be providing one free drink per guest over the age of 21 years.

View all upcoming events here!